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Oiselle Wednesday: Portman Shorts

 I might be a member of  the Oiselle Volée Team, but I've been wearing Oiselle (pronounced Wa-Zelle) for several years now. Oiselle is a company with a mission I believe in, and running clothes that help me believe in myself. Oiselle Wednesday is a day for reviewing my favorite running fashions and showing you the fit on a 5'7, 130 pound Mommy-body!

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I really exited a comfort zone when I ordered these Portman Shorts. For years, I've stuck with the Distance Shorts and Roga Shorts since they are looser and more forgiving. But the Portman Shorts? Well they are short. And obviously tight. Would I regret this escape from my norm? 

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In a word....no. No I do not regret this purchase. In fact, after my first run in them that included some half mile pick ups, I found myself loving them. They fit perfectly and I found myself not self conscious about the length at all as I focused solely on my run.  

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The first question you all probably want to ask is "Did they ride up?". While the honest answer is yes, it wasn't to a point where I felt the need to adjust them. In fact, I didn't adjust them at all while I was running. I actually felt a sort of freedom while I was running thanks to the 3 inch length and compressive nature.  

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I chose the Podium Blue color in the Portman Shorts because hello...look at them! This color is gorgeous! Yes, it did show sweat, but I don't worry about that nonsense. I'm a woman. I sweat in my crotch area as well as ALL OVER. Get over it. Now my tendency to pee on myself during races might prohibit me from wearing them during a race but that's a different problem altogether. 

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There are zipper pockets on each hip which would be perfect for stuffing with gels or fuel for long runs. I'm also obsessed with the wide waistband that is ridiculously comfortable. It's definitely the perfect width for preventing muffin toppage.  

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Yep there it is...the money shot. I must really like y'all to be posting this view! But in all honesty, I'm not ashamed because these shorts are just that hot. I'm more embarrassed by the stringiness of my hair than the state of my ass in the Portmans!  

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I decided to order a size 6 in these shorts which ended up being perfect. In other shorts I size up to allow for some space, but in tighter shorts like these, I would definitely recommend sizing down. Choosing a smaller size will help with the whole riding up issue. The Nyelle Compression fabric is amazingly soft which lends for a high comfort level while running.   

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At $52, these babies are worth it. I would call the Portman Shorts my confidence makers. I tend to think of the Haute Volée, the Oiselle elite team, wearing short shorts like these, but I can too. And I can feel good about myself while wearing them! And guess what?! So can YOU! I'm expecting to spend quite a few hot summer runs in the Portman Shorts and a Verrazano bra

Check out my previous Oiselle Wednesday posts here:

What have you done out of your comfort zone recently? 

  • Definitely these shorts! But I love them! 

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